We have a feeling we’ll look back on this period in time as something as a Golden Age for Geekdom. As both comic fans and fans of the ever growing and increasingly impressive range of books targeted at what our mum calls Youths, we’re incredibly excited to learn that Penguin Random House Children’s UK has teamed up with Random House and DC Comic Universe. The result will be a collection of four new standalone YA books called the DC Icons series, with each title focusing on a different iconic character from DC’s history, and written by a critically acclaimed bestselling author in partnership with Warner Bros Consumer Products, and on behalf of DC Entertainment and Random House Children’s Books in the US.
These coming-of-age stories will explore the origins of each character, with each author adding their own twist. We’re promised there will be plenty to please fans of fantasy and contemporary YA, along with nods to existing legend and mythology for comic book fans. We’re really excited to see a new perspective on the teenage years and hidden lives of some of the most well-known DC characters in comic book history.
The first title in the series with a release date of 31 August 2017 will be Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and has been penned by Leigh Bardugo. This will be followed with Batman by Marie Lu in January 2018, Superman by Matt de la Peña in May 2018, and Catwoman by Sarah J Maas in September 2018. The UK books will be released in tandem with their US counterparts, and each will have its own uniquely designed cover artwork.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer sees Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom and The Grisha) take a new look into the story of Diana, an Amazonian princess who risks exile to save a mere mortal – a valiant act resulting in a war of colossal proportion. In an epic narrative split between the divine world of the Amazonian tribes and modern day New York, Diana faces an army of enemies, gains an unexpected friendship and suffers an inevitable betrayal in her quest to save the world from an age of bloodshed and misery, and become the DC Super Hero we know her as today.
Can’t wait? Good news! You can pre-order your copy of Wonder Woman: Warbringer from Amazon UK, Waterstones and WH Smith. A limited number of advance review copies will be available in July 2017.
Source: Penguin Random House Children’s UK
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